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Bloomington, IN
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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: greek life offers great opportunities for communities and for students. it is a very fun thing to be a part of

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I am not in the Greek life but there definitely is a lot of it here. I am happy that I didn't do it but hardly ever do you go anywhere and not see someone wearing their Greek letters

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life plays a major role on the campus but it's not necessary to join. The parties are great though!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Less than 20% of the student body is in a frat or sorority, but the Greek presence is definitely noticeable. Some Greeks are snobby towards non-Greeks and there is occasional animosity, but for the most part its really not a big deal to most people whether or not you are Greek especially when it comes to older students who have worn off the novelty of being able to wear their letters around campus. Many Greek organizations do great things in regards to philanthropy, but there are a few fraternities (and sororities) with established party-focused reputations.

Whereas at many schools any decent guy/girl can get a bid at a reputable organization, the Greek system at IU is somewhat unique in the sense that a significant proportion of individual Greek organizations are notably insular and exclusive in regards to who can join (or have a reasonable chance of getting offered a bid). At several fraternities/sororities (especially those with a "top-tier" reputation), it can be very difficult or even practically impossible to join without knowing somebody already in the organization or being a legacy through an alumni family member. Many organizations almost exclusively focus recruiting towards students (most white and upper-middle class +) from the Indy/Chicago suburbs areas, and the sorority recruitment process at IU is infamous in regards to chance of success in getting a bid. Good looks and personality help, but if you're not from the right zip code the odds are usually against you if you're trying to rush a "top" fraternity going up against kids who went to high school with numerous brothers in the house. That said, there are many good Greek organizations at IU and going in with a reasonable and realistic mindset can go a long way.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: If your in the Greek Life, it's great. If not, they can be rather rude to non-Greeks.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 14th
    Where Greek Life Rules
  • 17th
    Most Selective Greek Organizations
  • 1158th
    Best Greek/Non-Greek Relations
  • 1245th
    Best Greek Housing

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Andrew Belsky/Chelsea Demarris
Highland Park, Ill./Unknown
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To go Greek or not to go Greek? There are a couple of important things to consider: If you join a sorority or fraternity, you will have a place to live, be surrounded by people who share your interests, and be able to make a contribution to IU and the surrounding area through philanthropy. If you don't . . . well, you can still do all those things, but you won't be bound by any rules or expensive fees. In either case, there are definite pluses, and it really boils down to what is right for you. The atmosphere here doesn't push one way or the other.

IU is different from some schools with a large Greek population because the Greeks here are not smothering in either their size or their prevalence. They do exist, and it is fairly obvious, but if you don't want to think about them, you don't have to. If you're a freshman looking for an immediate portal into getting involved on IU's campus, the Greek system, which has a good reputation and is well-developed, may be the way to go.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrad Men in Fraternities
Undergrad Women in Sororities
Number of Fraternities
Number of Sororities
  • Acacia
  • Alpha Phi Alpha
  • Alpha Sigma Phi
  • Alpha Tau Omega
  • Beta Sigma Psi
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Chi Phi
  • Delta Chi
  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Delta Tau Delta
  • Delta Upsilon
  • Kappa Alpha Psi
  • Kappa Delta Rho
  • Kappa Sigma
  • Lambda Chi Alpha
  • Phi Beta Sigma
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Phi Gamma Delta
  • Phi Kappa Psi
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Tau
  • Phi Sigma Kappa
  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Mu
  • Sigma Chi
  • Sigma Nu
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Pi
  • Theta Chi
  • Zeta Beta Tau
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Alpha Delta Pi
  • Alpha Epsilon Phi
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
  • Alpha Omicron Pi
  • Alpha Phi
  • Alpha Xi Delta
  • Chi Omega
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Delta Gamma
  • Delta Sigma Theta
  • Delta Zeta
  • Gamma Phi Beta
  • Gamma Phi Omega
  • Kappa Alpha Theta
  • Kappa Delta
  • Kappa Gamma Delta
  • Kappa Kappa Gamma
  • Phi Mu
  • Pi Beta Phi
  • Sigma Delta Tau
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma
  • Theta Nu Xi
  • Zeta Tau Alpha
Multicultural Colonies
  • Alpha Phi Alpha (NPHC)
  • Delta Sigma Theta (NPHC)
  • Gamma Phi Omega (MGC)
  • Iota Phi Theta (NPHC)
  • Kappa Alpha Psi (NPHC)
  • Kappa Gamma Delta (MGC)
  • Lambda Upsilon Lambda (MGC)
  • Omega Psi Phi (NPHC)
  • Phi Beta Sigma (NPHC)
  • Sigma Gamma Rho (NPHC)
  • Sigma Lambda Beta (MGC)
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma (MGC)
  • Theta Nu Xi (MGC)
  • Zeta Phi Beta (NPHC)
Other Greek Organizations
  • Interfraternity Council
  • Multicultural Greek Council
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council
  • Panhellenic Council
Did You Know?
  • Once a year, the fraternities and sororities participate in a musical competition called "IU Sing."
  • All fraternities and sororities spend time and effort on some sort of philanthropic project every year. This is one of the ways the Greek system gives back to the community.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 136 responses

  • 0% We don't have Greek life.
  • 2% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 10% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 33% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 54% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 136 responses

  • 31% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.
  • 23% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 38% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 8% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.

What kind of housing is available for Greek students?    Based on 135 responses

  • 5% Greek students live in run-down chapter houses.
  • 1% No special housing is available.
  • 3% Greek students live in dedicated wings in the dorms.
  • 90% Greek students live in opulent chapter houses.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 135 responses

  • 18% Very difficult.
  • 57% Somewhat difficult.
  • 21% Somewhat easy.
  • 4% Very easy.
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